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House looks ready for full-time definition vote

The House of Representatives appears ready to vote on a bill that would change the health care law’s definition of “full-time” from 30 to 40 hours.

The Save American Workers Act, which was introduced by Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and has attracted more than 200 bipartisan co-sponsors, could come up for a vote within the next three weeks.

The health care law’s current definition of full-time as 30 hours per week has been one of the biggest obstacles to implementation of the law by restaurants and similar businesses. Under the health care law, employers with more than 100 full-time-equivalent employees must offer health coverage for those employees starting in 2015 or face penalties. For restaurants, the law’s arbitrary 30-hour definition of full-time stands to severely restrict the scheduling flexibility that millions of workers value in the industry.

The National Restaurant Association supports the Save American Workers Act and is asking restaurant operators to contact their members of Congress to urge them to vote for the legislation.

Ask Congress to change the health care law’s full-time definition.

Changing the health care law’s full-time definition to a length more in line with common business practices has been one of the NRA’s priorities since the health care law was passed in 2010. Other priorities the NRA is working to address include simplifying the calculation the law requires to determine which companies are “large” employers, and repealing the law’s auto-enroll mandate, which requires companies with 200 or more full-time employees to automatically enroll full-time employees in a company health plan if they haven’t opted out within 90 days.

Visit the National Restaurant Association’s Health Care Knowledge Center for a comprehensive explanation of how the health care law impacts restaurants.

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